The Hogy Inshore System: Plugs

PLUGS Plugs are an essential component of any saltwater tackle arsenal. Plugs have action “built-in" making them easy to fish and have actions not found with jigs and soft plastics. They come in a wide variety of sizes from teeny to quite large. In our opinion, plugs make the most sense with imitating large bait. Plugs are light relative to their size, so extra small plugs are difficult to cast on saltwater gear. As casting there they are most often associated with top or sub-surface swimming actions. Plugs can be fished in open water and around structures.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

1) Surface Commotion: Splashing and noisy commotion that attracts fish.

2) Area Coverage: Swimming baits like the slider and squid plug are good for covering ground at medium to fast constant speeds. Good search baits.

3) Bait Profile: Match the hatch with size and color.

The Hogy Squid Lure: These highly imitative hard body baits are designed to closely imitate “lit up” fleeing squid. Available in a floating topwater and long casting slow sinking model in windy conditions. There is no wrong way to fish a squid plug. Tip-up with A medium to medium-fast retrieve is a good starting point.

Primary Technique: Surface Casting

Speed: Medium

Style: Imitator

Zone: Universal

The Hogy Popper: The popper is one of the oldest lure designs still used in modern fishing dating back to the 1940s with the introduction of the “hula popper” The popper is the ultimate attractor with its popping action calling in fish from hundreds of feet away. Category: Generally considered a “slow” “surface”. “attractor” Unique Feature: A popper is difficult to make unique by virtue of its shape and mechanics. Our version is “charter grade” in the sense it’s rigged with the “charter captain’s” specifications right out of the package. A feature is inherent in all of our lures.

Primary Technique: Surface Casting

Speed: Slow

Style: Attractor

Zone: Inshore

The Hogy Slider: The Hogy Slider is a modern twist on a classic “lipped” swimming style lure. Instead of a “bill” attached to the front of the lure, the lure is carefully balanced such that the weight distribution inside the lure paired with its hydrodynamics will produce a slow wobble side to side, that in our opinion, is more akin to a wounded fish swimming. The added benefit of the slider is that it slowly sinks horizontally when paused, as compared to floating to the surface. This neutral descent offers two benefits: 1. To get a little deeper by pausing 2. The dynamic of a nervous fish seeking cover 3. And the ability to be cast in the wind, due to its dense length to weight ratio. 

Category: Long Range medium retrieve, Sub Surface action.

Primary Technique: Sub Surface Casting

Speed: Medium

Style: Imitator

Zone: Inshore, Universal, Offshore

The Hogy Dog Walker: The Dog Walker can be described as a hybrid between a swimming lure and a popper. it is fished faster than a popper with a swimming action as compared to a popping action followed by pauses of a popper. The advantage of a dog walker is that it allows you to cover more ground while attracting fish since it is retrieved more quickly. Simple math suggests faster retrieve + more casts in more places = more ground covered to locate fish. The best way to fish a dog walker is with your rod tip angled between 25- and 45-degree angles with a medium-fast retrieve with intermittent jerks of the rod to impart a “side to side” action of the lure.

Category: “Fast” “Surface ”Attractor”

Primary Technique: Surface Casting

Speed: Slow

Style: Attractor

Zone: Inshore

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